The home building industry has embraced green methods in leaps and bounds. Although every aspect of the home has been addressed, many homeowners overlook their outdoor space. While the interior of your home and the materials used seem a logical place to start, the exterior of your home can also benefit from eco-friendly options. From … Continue reading Guide to an Eco-Friendly Yard
Most people realize that they could add some landscaping features to their backyard to make it more private and intimate. However, it seems like a daunting task. All too often, attempts to add privacy to a backyard end up looking like you’re trying to put up a blockade. A single hedge or wall works, but … Continue reading How to Landscape Your Backyard for Privacy
Pool landscaping really elevates the look of your backyard. It integrates the pool into the rest of the space, as well as adding colour, texture, and scent. The right plants can also make your pool a more private space. However, you shouldn’t place just any plants by the pool, as some can make cleaning the … Continue reading What are the Best Plants to Put Around the Pool?
Bees and butterflies are delightful visitors to a garden, and not just because they are beautiful and fascinating to watch. We need bees and butterflies to pollinate our plants for food production. Growing a garden that can support natural pollinators will also boost the health of your local environment and increase biodiversity. So, which plants … Continue reading What are the Best Pollinator Plants for Bees and Butterflies?
It’s no secret that the landscaping in your front yard says a lot. It shows the level of care you put in as a homeowner, it helps your house stand out from others in your neighbourhood and it can boost the resale and intrinsic value of your home. When the aesthetic of your front yard … Continue reading Front Yard Landscaping Tips/Trends
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an internationally recognized green building certification system. It provides third-party verification that best practices were used during the building process designed to improve performance. It can be applied to all building types whether they are commercial or residential. LEED Certification affects all stages of the building process … Continue reading What Is LEED Certification?
Did you know that an appealing, well-managed outdoor space can add up to 15%the overall value of your home? Whether your yard is a blank slate, or just in need of a spruce up and a bit of maintenance, putting in some time and effort can pay off in the long run. Undergoing some outdoor … Continue reading Get the Most Value Out of Your Fall Landscape Projects
Metropolitan areas, like Toronto, get hotter in the summer because they are urban heat islands. An urban heat island is created in places where there are a large number of people, asphalt, cars, buses and trains. Where you have a lot of buildings, people and activity in an enclosed urban center the heat doesn’t have … Continue reading What is the urban heat island effect and how can irrigating your property protect you?
Challenge spawns creativity, and in urban landscape design there’s lots of opportunity for creativity. New trends in urban design seek to push out the sights, smells, and sounds of the city that encroach on your outdoor space. Other urban designs work with these elements. Here are a few suggestions to spark your imagination. Weathered Steel … Continue reading The 9 Newest Trends in Urban Landscape Design
Sometimes in life, more of something isn’t always better. This can be especially true for yard size. Owning a larger yard generally means more work, energy and money need to go into maintaining it. A smaller yard actually offers a variety of benefits. Namely, a small yard is less expensive to add landscaping to and … Continue reading How to Make a Small Backyard Look Bigger